At least 50 villagers have tested
negative for avian influenza in a suburb of Phnom Penh, following at least one
case last week.
Of 90 villagers tested and
consulted in Kandal Steung district, Kandal province, 50 have passed a blood
test, said Ly Sovann, deputy director of the communicable disease control
department of the Ministry of Health.
“We need 10 more days to be sure of the result on 40 people
among 90 villagers,” he said.
Ministry of Health officials are
investigating the area following the exposure of one case of a 19-year-old Nov.
28. The victim, Teng Sopheak, is still recovering in Calmette hospital.
Avian influenza, carried in wild and domestic birds by the
H5N1 virus, has symptoms that include fever, cough, muscle ache and sore
throat. It can be deadly to humans, killing seven Cambodians since 2005, and
authorities worry it will mutate into a more communicable form.